Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God). Ephesians 6:13-17
I have been doing a great deal of observing over the last year. I have been watching my fellow Catholics.
Though my research has not been scientific, nonetheless, I present the following observations.
- We now wear dark glasses and at times rose coloured glasses. We believe that by wearing different shades of glasses we are better able to filter out all that annoying light and everything takes on a similar shade. We now see things better and differently when all that annoying light is toned down.
- Many of us are plugged into our devices. All sorts of devices. I noticed that many will wear ear buds to blot out the world around them and listen to all sorts of music. They love their music. Frankly, I do not understand much of the lyrics but I am told they live by them. I also notice that they constantly tap away at their devices, oblivious of their surroundings. It seems to me they are in their own little world. They chat and text with very short sentences. Often making statements based on….I have no idea what they are basing them on, but they keep sharing them. They keep sending them to me. They all seem to say the same thing. If I had to summarize them in a simple phrase I would use the phrase…’Maple Syrup’.
- I also have found that when I converse with many, they are so tired, beaten and dejected. I also notice that they combat this by indulging in activities that further tires them. Every minute of the day is occupied with ‘something’ to do, places to see and people to meet.
- A number of them were also sensitive and emotionally easily bruised. On a number of occasion I was specifically told by my fellow Catholics that I needed to evolve in my thinking and that we are in a new millennium requiring us Catholics to think differently about how we view the world. I needed to broaden my horizon.
- I also noticed a very strange behavior among some very staunch Roman Catholics. In a number of cases they have introduced new phrases into the Catholic lexicon. For example: “Oh well….that’s life”; “What can I do?”; I do not want to offend”; “It is not my business”;
My fellow Catholics, I have concluded that the designer of the new armour of god is none other than Satan himself. As for me, I will stick to the old styles of Ephesians 6, worn by my ancestors. Though those styles have been around for quite some time and may not have the flare and pizzazz of the new armor, they have a perfect fit and do last an eternity
Copyright 2017, Luciano Corbo